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Words in the News
Monday 28 October 2002
Vocabulary from the news. Listen to and read the report then find explanations of difficult words below.

  Photo from Genocide film
First Rwandan genocide film opens in Kigali
Summary: The first feature film about the 1994 Rwandan genocide has opened in the Ugandan capital, Kampala. The producers of the film are delighted that it has sold more tickets than an American Hollywood import showing alongside it. This report from Mark Doyle.
The News Listen  
  Genocide might seem an unlikely subject for a cinema feature, but several internationally successful films about the genocide of the Jews, such as 'Schindlers List', have shown that it is possible to popularise tragic historic events.

This story of the Rwandan genocide, titled '100 Days', shows us how a beautiful young Rwandan woman and her handsome fiancée experience the killings. This romantic Boy-Girl story is designed to be universal and appeal to audiences from Toronto to Tokyo.

Set in the haunting beauty of the Rwandan countryside, 100 Days has tension from the moment the killers plot their work to the military intervention of the rebels which stopped the mass killing.

Most of those appearing in '100 Days' are Rwandans with little previous acting experience. The producers are hoping that the successful commercial premiere in Uganda will be followed by more screenings worldwide.

Mark Doyle, BBC.

The Words Listen
the murder of a whole community or race

  cinema feature
a full-length film

  Boy-Girl story
a story of love between a boy and a girl

  appeal to audiences
interest cinema-goers

  Set in
(the story) takes place in

if a story has tension, you feel nervous or excited while you watch it

  appearing in
acting in

  with little previous acting experience
these actors had not appeared in many films before

the first time a film is shown

if a film has a screening, it is shown in a cinema

  Read more about this story  

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